Doctors who examined People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasir Maudany on Monday evening informed the police that he needed hospitalisation because of some chronic respiratory problem. Copies of the results of his blood samples sent for test have been given to Mr. Maudany and the police. No decision has been taken on the recommendation yet.
Though the deadline set by the Karnataka High Court to produce Mr. Maudany, an accused in the Bangalore serial blasts case, before it expires on Tuesday, uncertainty still prevails over his arrest. There are unconfirmed reports that Mr. Maudany is likely to surrender before a court, either at Karunagapally or Sasthamcotta. He had told presspersons on Saturday that he had taken a decision to surrender before a court in the next couple of days.
The presence of a large contingent of the Kerala Police in riot gear around the PDP chairman's Anwarssery camp, near here, in the morning gave indications of his imminent arrest by the Karnataka Police, but by 1 p.m. uncertainty loomed large over his arrest. A Karnataka Police team, led by top officers from Bangalore, was camping at a guest house of Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited at nearby Chavara.
At 3 p.m. PDP working chairman met reporters outside the camp and said Mr. Maudany's health condition warranted his immediate hospitalisation. Shortly after 4 p.m. Mr. Maudany was examined by a group of seven doctors.
Meanwhile, PDP leaders decided to admit him to a private hospital at Sasthamcotta. Soon the Karnataka Police team, along with Kollam Superintendent of Police Harshita Attaluri, moved to the Sasthamcotta police station in what was seen as an attempt to arrest Mr. Maudany from the hospital. But doctors who examined him said that his ECG was fairly stable and that his overall health condition was stable though he was seen to suffer from cervical spondylosis. They said his hospitalisation would be determined based on the results of his blood samples sent for test.
According to top police sources, the Kerala government is yet to take a political decision on the manner in which Mr. Maudany should be arrested. The sources said the Karnataka Police were satisfied with the police deployment at Anwarssery. “But the permission to move into Anwarssery did not come from above,” the sources said.
It is alleged that the Kerala government's stand is that Mr. Maudany should be given an opportunity to surrender in court and only then should the arrest warrant be executed. The PDP leadership insists that since the Supreme Court has taken on file Mr. Maudany's bail plea, he should not be arrested till the court decides on his plea.